May 13, 2014

Japan Design,

Kenya Hara's view. His ideas also apply to China and Brazil.

May 12, 2014

Adam Minter interview on Fresh Air

The author of my current favorite book Junkyard Planet interviewed by my favorite interviewer.

May 8, 2014


Well designed way to learn Chinese characters.

May 7, 2014

New art museums in Shanghai

from ARTnews

May 5, 2014

Global recycling podcast

with Adam Minter

May 2, 2014

Plastered T Shirts

Worth a visit to their store in NLGX.

Upcycling in China-

some interesting contacts in Beijing, an old tradition becoming a new trend?

April 30, 2014

China to be world's largest economy based on PPP in 2014

4 30 Economist article with nice chart. Also note Chinese tourism trends.

April 23, 2014

Extremely irreverent look at Shanghai food scene

by Eddie Huang

April 22, 2014

Bamboo Bicycle Beijing

Very cool kickstarter!

April 21, 2014

Applying Lean Startup in China

Nice insights by Beijing entrepreneur Kevin Dewalt.

April 7, 2014

100 best Chinese mainland films

A good list from TimeOut Shanghai

April 3, 2014

Who is China?

Orville Schell's view in the CSM

March 28, 2014

Twin Cities Maker

at the Hack Factory. Could be an interesting visit before going to China.

Hackerspaces in Shanghai

I need to learn more about shanzhai and hackerspaces in China, XinCheJian in particular.

November 8, 2013

China water

from the NYT this should part of every China SWOT

November 4, 2013

Social change

A deep, theoretical look at social change from Otto Scharmer's blog

May 9, 2013

Tiger Head, Snake Tails: China Today, How It Got There, and Where It Is Heading

by Jonathan Fenby Interesting China book

China in Ten Words

by Yu Hua. Looks like an insightful book on China. Just read this essay by the author.

May 2, 2013

reviews of language apps

from the NYT.

May 1, 2013

Good press about entre in China class!

April 30, 2013

Finch Designs

Nice to see a couple of eco preneurs succeeding in Shanghai! Possible site visit?

April 23, 2013

Yale China India class

Great themes- urbanization and sustainability. Nice website!

April 4, 2013

What's in store for China in 2013?

A wonky McKinsey set of predictions. Nice middle class analysis.

March 25, 2013

World city videos

CNN has a bunch of quirky city videos on this site, including ones on Shanghai, Beijing and Sao Paulo.

March 12, 2013

Carlson clothing entrepreneur via Beijing

Great event this week!

February 19, 2013

Lenovo as China's future

The Economist discusses how Lenovo got big, branded and value-added.

November 19, 2012

Guanxi 101

A good article from MITSloan on business relationships in China.

August 7, 2012

Social entre. efforts in China

Good summary, NEST sounds promising.

July 12, 2012

Rise of developing world cities

Nice report by McKinsey- check out the charts! 65% of econ growth now to 2025 from mid-sized cities.

June 8, 2012

MN firms in China

MinnPost article on biz in SIP.

June 3, 2012

International factoring

Big conference in my Beijing hotel today. Yet another link in the global value chain.

Best yogurt in China

Good enough for the emperor! Wenyu Yogurt Shop

April 3, 2012

Rethinking bamboo

Chinese design perspectives from a recent Beijing conference. Some INBAR references

March 6, 2012

China-US cultural differences

A Western intro to Confucianism.


Great blog with Chinese cultural insights.

February 1, 2012

Visualizing innovation

Great graphics,survey from GE, global differences

December 11, 2011

"The Growth Map: Economic Opportunity in the BRICs and Beyond."

Jim O'Neill at Goldman expounds on BRICS in NYT article.

November 30, 2011

The Chinese dream is a little different

November 7, 2011

China's confident consumers

McKinsey insights on consumer trends Regional differences and growth trends.

August 10, 2011

new Medtronic Innovation Experience Center in Shanghai

"Medtronic incorporated a state-of-the art training facility into the new China headquarters building. The training facility, named The Innovation Experience Center and open to Medtronic employees and customers, features a virtual cath lab, a future surgical room and a telemedicine room, and provides a place for employees and customers to gain hands-on experience with the latest technologies."

June 6, 2011

China trends: wedding photography

An example of younger generation self expression.

May 6, 2011


is a business incubator for young, sustainable entrepreneurs in Shanghai.

April 28, 2011

Lenovo's BOP strategy beyond China

PPP, US and China

More on the relevance of purchasing power parity comparison methods.

China old before rich?

Fine tuning the one child policy, according to CSM.

Chinese superwealthy

are hedging their investments in many ways.

April 27, 2011

The Big Mac index

Why you want to buy your BIg Macs in China, instead of Brazil, according to the Economist

25 million digital junkies in China

according to McKinsey Quarterly chart and article

April 21, 2011

What to do in Shanghai and Beijing?

Urbanatomy and Time Out Beijing are useful.

April 14, 2011

New Chinese architecture

Wow buildings, some in Shanghai.

Hermes in China

Shang Xia is Hermes' attempt to create a local Chinese luxury brand. China is projected to be world's largest luxury goods market by 2015.

Unique Chinese luxury goods

for 'Shanghai hipsters'.

March 31, 2011

Lenovo China

from Wharton

March 9, 2011

Entrepreneurial Design for Extreme Affordability

A great looking capstone class at Stanford on BOP innovation

February 8, 2011

urban sustainability index

Interesting article looking at cities as a unit of sustainability, focusing on China.

February 1, 2011

Chinese megacities

Seven cities of 10M+. The view from McKinsey

November 30, 2010

private equity in China

Good overview from the Economist

October 29, 2010

Grupo Pão de Açúcar

Brazilian supermarket chain uses a tracking system to make sure beef doesn't come from rain forest cleared land. Greenpeace role as well.

September 21, 2010

Brazilian and Chinese design firms

Interesting global networking model for design

May 3, 2010

Expo Traffic Guide: How To Beat The Lines

April 8, 2010

Moganshan bike opportunity

March 19, 2010

"Of course, China will lead everything."

March 10, 2010

good China blog

March 4, 2010

Dragon Power, biomass energy in China

This could be an interesting IBUS 3010 case and site visit in Beijing

February 8, 2010

Chinese pinyin in 6 minutes!

You tube Chinese language video, one of many.

February 3, 2010

8 misperceptions about China

A good article from Ad Age China by PT Black, Jigsaw International in Shanghai.

January 20, 2010

Reverse innovation

Good HBR article 12/09? re: GE global innovations that end up expanding US market. Ex- low cost diagnostic equipment for China, 85% price reduction. Aneesh Chopra, US gov. Chief technology officer

November 30, 2009

Doing business in China article

from MITSloan Review 11 30 2009

October 1, 2009

Lenovo article

From spring 09 Qn

June 4, 2009

ERA Shanghai show

Good article about collaboration with Cirque du Soleil in 2005

May 6, 2009

Beijing restaurant and development

The Legation Quarter is a new development near our hotel. Same developer as the Courtyard Restaurant

April 1, 2009

iPhone India and China, Ford EV

An interesting case.

And one about Ford with global implications.

March 30, 2009

buying eyeglasses in the Shanghai subway???

In an article from the La Times, getting prescription eyeglasses are cheap and quick.

Speak Chinese

An interesting Chinese language site. Also a good interview with a design entrepreneur at in Shanghai 10 min+ of video on home page. Hen hao!


Professor Gao Jian from Tsinghua was part of this conference on innovation and BRIC nations. There are slides accessible through registration. Could be interesting to explore this summer's conference. Much of the research is based on globelics. Many good concepts for MGMT 4050 Brazil

March 26, 2009

Beijing NLGX store

Interesting attempt to preserve old hutong neighborhood.

March 17, 2009

Sun Tzu and the Art of Business

Mark McNeilly has written a series of interesting strategy books drawing on traditional Chinese philosophy. Here is his site. Today he talked about building brand by tapping into cultural uniqueness. For example Japanese Lenovo designers using bento boxes as an inspiration for Thinkpad design.

March 16, 2009

NYT Shanghai travel advice

36 hours in Shanghai 3 15 09

March 4, 2009

Creativity and China

A 2007 article in Fast Company but many good leads included, including Jigsaw International.

February 13, 2009

middle class in China and elsewhere

Good Economist article on why 50% of the world is now middle class. The China charts are quite interesting.

February 2, 2009

great Chinese online dictionary

November 24, 2008

Chinese business etiquette

Ten great minutes on Chinese business etiquette by Greg Bissky in this youtube video. Another video from his site.

November 21, 2008

Chinese investments in brands

This article shows the trend of Chinese seeking value added brands through investment. Vicarious by Nature would be a good case.

November 6, 2008

China VC

Predictor of future VC activity by quarter

September 26, 2008

Carbon free hotel in Shanghai

Could be good case for China course URBN Hotel

September 24, 2008

most innovative hotel in Shanghai?

from NYT:
"URBN Hotels Shanghai (86-21-5153-4600; is a super eco-chic boutique hotel. It is the first carbon-neutral hotel in China and has one of the most unique designs I have ever seen."

April 24, 2008

Indagare travel website

Nice stylish website with China info. Napa Wine Bar & Kitchen restaurant, 57 Jiangyin Rd., looks like a new attempt to introduce Shanghai to fine wine.

April 14, 2008

the challege of Chinese brands

What will it take for Chinese brands such as Li-Ning to compete with established global brands? A good NYT article summarizes the issues.

April 7, 2008

Chinese factory evolution

Another great article from the NYT on the evolving strategies for Chinese manufacturers toward higher value added business.

March 28, 2008

the manufacturing game has changed in China

great article on the dynamics of manufacturing in China

March 27, 2008

online Chinese dictionary

Nice feature to draw characters and learn their meanings.

March 24, 2008

Rutgers online Chinese language instruction

It is a little tough to navigate, but useful.

March 6, 2008

green t house, beijing

very stylish new/old China combo

March 5, 2008

Wells Fargo China stats

March 4, 2008

3 D map of Shanghai

all in Chinese, but quite interesting

February 28, 2008

Naked Retreats, Moganshan

A possible case, expat run ecotourism. Website also discusses Moganshan

February 26, 2008

Shanghai metro map fare calculator

Very helpful!

February 18, 2008

Chinese language podcasts

Another electronic-based language learning program takes a different approach: podcasting. Praxis Language, based in Shanghai, offers free lessons in Mandarin Chinese (

February 5, 2008

global innovation insights

Nice Christensen like observation about global strategy. Good emphasis on role of social contributions.

January 29, 2008

The Economist China website

Good summary info for presentation preparation:

another China book

Managing the Dragon (Crown; $27.50), Jack Perkowski's story of his almost 13 years running Asimco, an automotive components maker, in China is therefore a rare treat—a first-hand account of the struggle to build a business there. Tim Clissold, Mr Perkowski's former colleague, has already described how Asimco's Chinese partners cheated it out of millions, in his riveting 2004 book, “Mr China?. But Mr Perkowski hung on, and his wise and ultimately optimistic account should be required reading for anyone starting a business in China. Mr Perkowski is sensible on every issue—from the need to nurture (and listen to) local managers to the relative importance of local over central government relations. Most of all, foreigners must not shun the impossibly cut-throat local market because the price paid for a product in China today will be its price globally tomorrow. (from the Economist)

January 28, 2008

Online Chinese language instruction

The Latest on Technology Deals From Dow Jones VentureWire WSJ
January 28, 2008; Page R4

Breaking the Language Barrier

"Some say the best way to learn a language is to interact with native speakers. LiveMocha Inc. is letting people do just that without having to live in a foreign country.

The company, based in Bellevue, Wash., is building an online social network for people to learn foreign languages with each other. The company's site,, carries about 160 hours of lessons that people can use to learn one of six languages. But the focus is allowing people to teach each other. Users can write on the site in a foreign language or upload an audio file of a spoken passage and have others who are native speakers assist them in correcting the submission. Users can also chat live via text, audio or video with others who want to give or receive assistance on a language. The site also allows people to create a profile and link to friends on the site.

LiveMocha, which was founded in February and launched its site in September, says it has roughly 130,000 users. It raised $5.3 million this month in Series A funding led by Maveron LLC to further the development of the site, including adding more content and different languages."

January 14, 2008

Bébémamie yogurt co in Shanghai

Since September we have been operating from our new location at 2003 Hami Lu;
fine tuning our delivery system and continuing to spread word of the benefits of live
bacterial yogurt. Excitingly, Hami Lu will soon be the location for our new cafe:
'Bébémamie Concept'.

Carrefour in China

Nice article on how to wade into China as a big company. Sign up needed for McKinsey quarterly.

January 10, 2008

two China sources from Bob Giampietro

We talk about China all the time. In fact, I just got a book on these issues called Dragons at your door. And I've been in touch with a guy in China. He did a piece on Quality Fade in China.

January 9, 2008

globesmart- doing business in China

GlobeSmart is an online tool that provides quick and easy access on how to conduct business effectively with people from countries around the globe. Organized into more than 50 topics covering more than 40 countries, GlobeSmart can help you improve communication, collaboration, cooperation and business results within and across cultures, geographies and time zones. Access GlobeSmart by logging in to

January 8, 2008

CHINA SHAKES THE WORLD: A Titan’s Rise and Troubled Future

CHINA SHAKES THE WORLD: A Titan’s Rise and Troubled Future — and the Challenge for America, by James Kynge. (Mariner/Houghton Mifflin, $14.95.) Kynge, the former China bureau chief of The Financial Times, offers a nuanced, well-reported description of China’s rapid economic rise. He also points to China’s vulnerabilities, like pollution and corruption.

new in paperback

December 18, 2007

2007 China IPOs

Good evidence why China is booming

other point of view:

December 12, 2007

Chinese yumberry Frutzzo

New import from China. Might be interesting to look at Frutzzo in 3010.

From China, Only in a Bottle, a Berry With an Alluring Name

December 11, 2007

Chinese American entrepreneurship group

Putting on conference in Beijing March 08. Shaker speaking.

Annual Conference of the Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Tsinghua University ,Beijing,China
March 27—29,2008

An interesting article:

Tsui-Auch and Mollering win Dexter Award

Tsui-Auch, L.S. and Möllering, G. won the Carolyn Dexter Best International Paper Award. Their paper was published in the Best Paper Proceedings of the 2007 Academy of Management Meeting. The title of the paper is “Wary Managers/Investors: Vulnerability, Control, Trust, and Distrust in Foreign Enterprises in China.?

November 28, 2007

Joan Brzezinski- China: Contrast and Contradiction

Joan is with the China Center and is offering the mini course below. She may be a good resource for the spring China class.

China: Contrast and Contradiction

Joan Brzezinski
For political, economic, and social purposes, China is often painted with a broad brush. It is indeed a diverse country with a long history, many cultural treasures, and warm and interesting people. But it is also a fascinating study in contrast and contradiction. China is at once complicated and simple, rich and poor, advanced and backward, incompetent and efficient, engaged and isolated, ancient and modern, foreign and friendly, and capitalist and communist. This session offers a chance to learn some of the truths that lie beneath general perceptions of the world's most populous country now that it has become a pivotal economic player and international tourist destination.

November 1, 2007

Report from China: The New Entrepreneurs

Feed back from a 2006 Harvard trip to China. Interesting list of companies

October 3, 2007


Former New York Times reporter and author Douglas McGill will discuss his book Here: A Global Citizen's Journey on Tuesday, October 9 at 2:00 p.m. at the University of Minnesota Bookstore in Coffman Memorial Union.

Following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, McGill saw clearly the consequences of American ignorance of the world. Using his reporting experiences and reflecting on his community of Rochester, Minnesota, McGill focuses on the international connections between Minnesota and the rest of the world. This "glocalsim", as defined by McGill, delivers a portrait of a specific American place where all of the flavors, colors, and personalities of foreign lands are reflected and global economic, social and environmental trends are intricately at work.

McGill has written about human rights, genocide, immigration and assimilation to American society. McGill will sign copies of his book following the discussion. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, or to order a signed copy visit

September 4, 2007

The Economist Shanghai briefing guide

Monthly news updates

August 27, 2007

China Polution

Good comprehensive article from NYT on pollution situation.

Important to get all of the nuance when discussing with students.
-Comparison to US and UK development phase
-US current record on pollution
-conflicting priorities in China
-entrepreneurial opportunities related to the environment
-impact on creative class economy
-political will in China

August 20, 2007

getting past the China growth hype

Nice NYT article from Lester Thurow on getting to the real numbers of China's growth.

August 14, 2007

new China book

From NYT:

"I just read a marvelous new book, “Shadow of the Silk Road,? by Colin Thubron, a peripatetic British journalist who followed the ancient trading route during the SARS outbreak of 2003. Thubron is of my generation, speaks Mandarin, can find local transportation, lodging and food in obscure villages, starting in Xian and moving north and west, where borders and language and religion and pigmentation have shifted over the millennia."

July 13, 2007

Chinese drug regulation woes

It is a complex problem. Good article about a regulator gone bad- in a bad system.

July 10, 2007

MTI article spring 07

MTI supports MN business growth This article gives a good list of businesses, consultant and reading materials.

Minnesota Technology Magazine - Spring 2007
Made in China
Still think of China as a competitive threat? Think again. The country’s markets offer an enormous and growing opportunity for Minnesota manufacturers and tech companies. Here’s how to get started.